21 April 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights

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‘What we now know … they lied’: how big oil companies betrayed us all
The Guardian, 21 Apr 2022

There is a moment in the revelatory new PBS Frontline docuseries, The Power of Big Oil, about the industry’s long campaign to stall action on the climate crisis in which the former Republican senator Chuck Hagel reflects on his part in killing US ratification of the Kyoto climate treaty. 

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EU countries edge towards deal to share out emissions-cutting efforts
Reuters, 21 Apr 2022

BRUSSELS, April 21 (Reuters) - European Union countries are edging towards a deal on how to share the burden of cutting greenhouse gas emissions within the EU, with states poised to accept national targets proposed by Brussels last year, according to diplomats and a draft document seen by Reuters. The EU's "effort sharing" policy sets national goals for its 27 member states to reduce emissions in sectors like transport and buildings, adding up to a 40% cut in relevant emissions by 2030, from 2005 levels. 

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Princeton academics accuse EU biofuels policy of harming climate aims
Euractiv, 21 Apr 2022

The EU’s promotion of biofuels as a renewable energy source is undermining the bloc’s climate goals, a new study by Princeton University academics and CIRAD, a French agricultural research body, has found. Industry has accused the report of ignoring the benefits of energy crops to further an anti-biofuels narrative. The report criticises European lawmakers for incentivising the growth of crops for biofuels through bioenergy policies, arguing that the land dedicated to biofuels should be reforested or converted for agricultural purposes to meet climate objectives. 

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European Commission analysing higher 45% renewable energy target for 2030
Reuters, 20 Apr 2022

The European Commission is assessing whether the European Union could achieve a higher target of a 45% share of renewable energy by 2030, instead of its proposed 40%, to accelerate its shift from Russian fossil fuels following the invasion of Ukraine. "We are working on it full speed to take account, first of all the proposal of going from 40% to 45%, but also in the context of higher energy prices," Mechthild Woersdoerfer, deputy director-general of the Commission's energy department, told a meeting of EU lawmakers on Wednesday. 

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The plan to rebuild a green Ukraine
Politico, 19 Apr 2022

Ukraine should be rebuilt as a clean powerhouse that spurs the EU's Green Deal, according to the head of the Ukrainian parliament’s climate subcommittee.
“We're essentially going to be starting from scratch with the amount of destroyed industrial sites, energy sites. We can be the breeding ground for new technology for pilot projects, for renewables projects,” Lesia Vasylenko, an opposition MP with the pro-EU Holos party, said during a phone call last week from her home in Kyiv, to which she had recently returned after 45 days hopping from safe house to safe house. 

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Iraq’s ancient buildings are being destroyed by climate change
The Guardian, 15 Apr 2022

Some of the world’s most ancient buildings are being destroyed by climate change, as rising concentrations of salt in Iraq eat away at mud brick and more frequent sandstorms erode ancient wonders. 

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Climate’s ‘messy moment’ as countries hunt for oil and gas to replace Russian imports
Politico, 12 Apr 2022

World leaders say the war in Ukraine strengthens the argument for a faster green transition to break dependence on Russian energy — but they aren't acting like it. Renewables, energy efficiency and other efforts linked to battling climate change are struggling to gain traction amid the short-term scramble to ensure there’s enough oil, gas and coal to get through next winter and keep energy prices down. 

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